Yacht La Pinta, alongside Metropolitan Touring, is proud to be celebrating this year’s Darwin Day 2018 in Galapagos on the 12th of February! Our natural selection hero was born in Shrewsbury, England on February 12th, 1809. The worldwide celebration of Darwin Day celebrates the birth of a man who changed the course of modern day thinking. Read More
November 24, 2017 marks the 158th Anniversary of “On the Origin of Species” (This Part 1. You can find Part 2 by clicking here)
For the past couple of months, we have successfully covered Charles Darwin’s adventures and outings that he had while in the Galapagos Islands back in September and October of 1835. Read More
Note on our blog title: our ‘finch’ is a play on the words that were used in the poem that was written in honor of the Gunpowder Plot (seen below).
When it comes to the 5th of November (aka. Guy Fawkes Day), the images that tend to come to mind are those of: the face of Guy Fawkes, British Parliament, explosive materials and maybe even that slice of Hollywood that was V for Vendetta. However, seldom thought of is the idea of Guy Fawkes in Galapagos. Was he ever there? No. But did he manage to somehow have a group of islands named after him? Yes indeed! Read More
October 20th, 1835 –
The HMS Beagle has now concluded the end of its Galapagos Islands survey. This is the last day of Charles Darwin’s visit to Galapagos. By this point, Captain Fitzroy, his Officers, and Crew have prepared the vessel for the extra long 3,200-mile (5,150 kilometer) crossing of the Pacific Ocean. Next Destination: Society Islands (Tahiti). Read More
A couple of weeks back back we learned about Charles Darwin’s adventures while exploring the Galapagos Islands while aboard the surveying vessel HMS Beagle. we even held commemorative celebrations aboard the Yacht La Pinta. Read More
Whalers in Galapagos – Before oil (petroleum) was discovered, the World was a much darker place. Lights were dim, industries were just being born, machinery was very basic, and combustion of various contraptions relied on whale oil. Consequently, any economic endeavor that was worth investing in was, almost always, related to maritime activities. Read More
The voyage of the HMS Beagle is now around four years old. Charles Darwin has jumped to the official position of on board Naturalist, after Robert McCormick quit the position back in Rio de Janeiro. It is now September 7th, 1835 and, just about a month ago, Darwin writes to his sister Catherine: “I am very anxious to see the Galapagos Islands – I think both the Geology and Zoology will not fail in being very interesting.”
The Galapagos Islands tend to procure images of a whole new world, replete with foreign life that counters our common understanding of organisms and their behavior in the wild. Surreal and freshly-made volcanic landscapes serve as the canvas for these species to paint over with their eccentric textures, remarkable body forms and quirky yet almost friendly behavioral patterns. Upon reading such a description, it might come as no surprise that hundreds of thousands of visitors have come to visit the islands over the past decades in hopes of believing what their imagination has conjured up. Many of these have travelled from around the world to experience it with their own set of senses, some of them as famous as the people we’ve heard about in the news, seen in movies or read about in our history and biology classes.